Russell Scholars can come from anywhere: near or far, urban or rural. Many are the first in their family to go to college. They can be athletes, band members, or theatre performers—or they might still be exploring what to get involved in. Above all, Russell Scholars are committed to earning a college degree. They are willing to work as hard as they need to and ask for help when they need it.
Students are invited by the College to apply for the Russell Scholars Program based on academic potential and need.
The Russell Scholars Program is designed to give you significant support as you make the transition from high school senior to successful college student. Russell Scholars is a year-long program that will provide you with exciting and unique learning and leadership experiences during your first year of college and beyond. You will also have the opportunity to earn additional scholarship funding!
The main features of the Russell Scholars Program are:
In addition, the program includes instruction in developing study skills which are necessary for college success, including:
You will also work with specially chosen and trained Student Academic Mentors. They will assist you with the academic components of the program, but they will also help you to become oriented to college life outside of class, as well. Our experience shows that students who work with Student Academic Mentors improve their academic performance. Your relationship with your mentor will continue as a support into your first academic year at Emory & Henry.
While this will be an intensive introduction to your college experience, we have also built in time for relaxation, social activities and cultural experiences. You may take advantage of the campus athletic facilities, you may go on an outing sponsored by Emory & Henry’s Outdoor Program, or you may enjoy some of the other recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. You will also become familiar with the campus, faculty and staff members, and fellow students.
The Russell Scholars Program is free of charge, in keeping with the legacy of the woman it is named for, Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell. Madam Russell, the sister of Patrick Henry, lived in Saltville and was a powerful advocate for the Methodist church and for education for all. She is considered to be an unsung hero of Emory & Henry—a woman who helped make the college possible, but who wasn’t formally recognized for her contributions.
If you are interested in applying for the Russell Scholars Program, please fill out the short online application by Monday, July 3, 2017. If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office, at (276) 944-6133 or the Powell Resource Center, at (276) 944-6144.